The Urban Development Corporation (UDC), will partner once again with the Digicel Foundation for the staging of its 3rd Annual 5k for Special Needs Run by providing free access to its downtown Kingston car parks at a sponsorship value of approximately 1.5 million dollars.
The Corporation, which has sponsored the event since its inception in 2012, will make accessible to patrons: the Ground Floor Seabed Car Park at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Temple Lane Municipal Car Park, Northern and southern car parks, Victoria Pier, West Street, Craft Market, Harbour Street, Fisheries, Water Lane Transportation Centre, and the Victoria Craft Market car parks.
This year’s charity event will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014 and forms a part of the Digicel Foundation’s 10th Anniversary celebrations. Digicel relocated their global corporate headquarters on the former UDC car park located on West Street and fits strategically into the Corporation’s downtown Kingston redevelopment thrust.
This year the aim is to significantly increase participation to 10,000 participants providing for awareness around the challenges faced by persons living with Special Needs and facilitating much-needed support for institutions that cater to these communities.
According to Desmond Malcolm UDC General Manager, “the Corporation is aware of the challenges of the special needs community in Jamaica and therefore shares with the Digicel Foundation, the desire to see these challenges surmounted.” He further stated that the UDC is still on its path to making development happen for the people of Jamaica and will continue to support initiatives which are able to impact the lives of Jamaicans positively.
UDC remains committed to making development happen for the people of Jamaica through its planning and implementation of development programmes while preserving the natural environment, traditions, customs and spurring economic development.